Peter Fitch returns to his talks on 1 John. This passage centres on Chapter 3, verses 4-10. He thinks that there are important keys here that help with discernment about whether or not a group is on a good path. In the final analysis, it indicates that “you are what you practice”, as Walter Thiessen remarks in the middle of the talk.
Jessica Williams gives a beautiful talk about the self-emptying love of God that is expressed in Jesus and in all of creation. She encourages confidence in our own true selves so that we, too, are free to give ourselves away to the call and invitations that we receive in life.
We began our church on October 4, 1992, so this was our 28th birthday. We had a full band, something we haven’t done too often during the pandemic, and Peter Fitch spoke about the recovery of tradition. He focused on mosaics in Ravenna and the way the early church blended beauty with meaning. His talk concluded with an invitation to sit as an ancient before the beautiful invitation of the mosaic apse from Sant’ Apollinare de Classe.